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prolepsis  (prəʊˈlɛpsɪs



(plural) -ses   (-siːz) 
  1. a rhetorical device by which objections are anticipated and answered in advance
  2. use of a word after a verb in anticipation of its becoming applicable through the action of the verb, as flat in hammer it flat

Derived Forms

proˈleptic, proˈleptical  adjective

Word Origin

C16: via Late Latin from Greek: anticipation, from prolambanein to anticipate, from pro-2 + lambanein to take


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